Amboy California

Another throwback to another time. Roy’s Motel and Cafe and Route 66.

Roy’s Motel and Cafe:  In 1938 Roy Crowl started building what would be Roy’s Motel and Cafe a popular stop off point for fuel, food and repairs in the middle of the Mojave Desert. A welcome sight as people made their way along Route 66 on their way to the California Coast.

He started with a Gas Station and then teaming up with his Son-in-law, Herman “Buster” Burris, they expanded to a Cafe, Auto repair shop and a small Court Motel. The business was booming and in the mid 1950’s employed over 70 people.

But the 60 and 70’s brought the Interstate Highway system and in 1972 Route 40 was finished in the area,  bypassing route 66 and Roy’s Business. The business continued on barely able to scape by until Roy’s Death in 1977

Currently, the town is under stewardship of Albert Okura owner of the Juan Pollo restaurant chain. It now is just a living museum to the past and a time remembered. Many of the buildings have been restored and you can tour the front cottages which are..well let’s say, quite strangely decorated.

It was fun to see this part of Americana

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